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Al-Kebulan Village Celebrates

On Friday, November 30, 2018 come celebrate collective work, hand and foot, for over 40 years! The Value of the Village.

Praxis Project Learning Circles Land in Houston

DWC, Inc. will join progressive grassroots organizations around the country for the second Learning Circle for our Family Supports/Econ Justice Community of Praxis in October (Houston, TX). Organizations are building capacity and exploring ways to strengthen our work. Our focus is Board Development and Non-Profit Status with Community Based Organizations and Making the Case for Health Justice with Media Advocacy.

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Independent Filmmaker Project

IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program focuses exclusively on documentary films and other works of nonfiction, short films and low-budget fiction/narrative features (50 minutes+).

Many individuals, foundations, corporations, or government organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations. IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program is a legal and financial mechanism by which IFP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as a conduit for financial resources, and provides some support and oversight for independently produced film projects.

The Michigan Film and Digital Media Office

The Michigan Film and Digital Media Office has positioned Michigan as a worldwide production destination and provides a number of services and information regarding filming, production, permitting and more.

For many years, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) has proudly supported film festivals across the state as an art form and for their economic impact. Film festivals draw tourism dollars into host communities through added hotel, restaurant and other revenue streams. From a reputation standpoint, film festivals enhance a community’s cultural vibrancy through showcasing films from regional, national and international locations. 

October 31, 2018

Hopefuls can enter to win the costume by Ruth E. Carter.


Black Panther characters are sure to be popular Halloween looks this year, but the film's costume designer has another creation in store for those who want the real Wakanda treatment. In collaboration with Spiked Seltzer, Ruth E. Carter has crafted a mermaid costume worth $25,000, which hopefuls can enter to win in time for Oct. 31.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-panther-costume-designer-makes-mermaid-costume-halloween-1150179

https://youtu.be/dmRsx95VEZ0

October 18, 2018

Shonda Rhimes is a woman who knows her worth and owns every bit of it. 


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the television writer and producer who is behind the ABC hit shows Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, spoke her truth recently at Elle magazine’s 25th annual Women in Hollywood celebration. Honored alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron and Angela Bassett, the USC alum shared in a speech the journey she took to own her historical moment.


"I am the highest-paid showrunner in television," she said. Rhimes' declaration comes after her well-documented move from ABC to Netflix after 15 years with the network. “The other day I came to this conclusion that men brag and women hide," she said about why she hasn't spoken publicly about her huge Netflix deal, even after news reports of her deal being $100 million were "wrong."


"Even when they don’t deserve to brag, men brag — Trump, Kavanaugh — and when men do deserve to brag, they are good at it." She contrasted that with the blowback Ellen Pompeo, the star of Grey's Anatomy, received when she bragged about being the highest paid actor on TV.


“When I made a deal with Netflix, I let them interview my salary wrong in the press, and then I did as few interviews as possible, and I put my head down and worked. In other words, I hid. I’m getting this award for inspiring other women; how can I inspire anyone if I’m hiding?” While she still didn't share the exact details of her Netflix deal, with news of Ryan Murphy and Greg Berlanti nabbing Netflix deals in the $400 million and $500 million range, it's safe to say Rhimes secured a large bag. It would be no surprise, given her influence, and the fact she's developing a film/TV sci-fi universe at Netflix.

by Jordan Simon

October 17, 2018

The announcement of the partnership follows the 2017 launch of the foundation's Advancing Adolescent Girls' Rights initiative, which works to advance grantmaking in support of adolescent girls in the region. According to the foundation, only 5.4 percent of all foundation funding in the South went to support programs focused on women and girls, while less than 1 percent was directed to programs and organizations focused on African-American women and girls.

"Movement leaders and activists in the South have had a tremendous impact on our country's history but have not received the philanthropic support they deserve," said NoVo Foundation executive director Pamela Shifman. "We trust their leadership and approach to growing the movement for girls of color throughout the U.S. and are excited about collaborating together." 

https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/partners-will-support-african-american-girls-women-in-the-southeast

October 18, 2018

Sign the petition and attend the next community meeting.

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/maintain-black-legacy-involvement-at-african-american-museum

#DoTheWrightThing

Central United Methodist Church

23 East Adams Avenue

Detroit, MI 48226

October 9, 2018

#Repost @sallirichwhit
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Just SOME of the ladies leading @shothechi Director, 1st AD @senicab 2ndAD, writer @terrikopp2it , director/prod @jetwilkinson , script supervisor @schooley , props and electric. #ladiesthatlead @thebossnetwork #womandirector #girlsruletheworld #loveofmylife @lenawaithe #sallirichwhit

October 10, 2018

#Repost @lupitanyongo
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When we said #WakandaForever, we meant it! Thank you @elleusa for celebrating us in the #WomenInHollywood issue! @NinaGarcia @katjarahlwes
@annatrevelyan @lacyredway 
@nickbarose @blackpanther #BlackPanther #lupitanyongo #dwcfilmfest #dwcinc #womenofcolor

October 4, 2018

Join us in Student Center room 10 as longtime Detroit advocate and soon to be first Muslim congresswoman in America, Rashida Tlaib, comes to talk to us about diversity in politics.

WSU College Democrats

Room 358 Student Center Bldg., 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI

September 15, 2018

Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture. Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival, MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under Ava DuVernay's company ARRAY, that runs all day along with the comic con.

September 15, 2018
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - $10

September 7, 2018

From Shadow & Act:

'Liyana': Trailer Released For The Powerful, Thandie Newton-Produced Animation/Documentary Hybrid On Orphaned Children In Swaziland


The film by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp combines animated storytelling with traditional documentary work to explore the rich and traumatic lives of orphaned children in Swaziland. 


As the official description states: "Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell - in fiction and in their own lives." Source: Shadow & Act


Click here to read more

August 19, 2018

August 13, 2018

DWC, Inc. was honored to be on the panel for the Healing Space: Goddess Session hosted by the Black Women's Leadership and Policy Council of Detroit and Michigan Voice. The Black Women's Leadership and Policy Council of Detroit is committed to creating spaces where black women come to just be and recharge. This event was their first healing space featuring a facilitated 'Goddess Session' and twenty-minute massage sessions. DWC, Inc. Executive Director, Oya Amakisi was one of the facilitators in The Goddess Sessions focused on self-care and the healing necessary to sustain the work we do in our communities.

July 17, 2018

DWC Inc. members had an amazing experience at the Roots & Remedies Conference in Boston!  From Friday, July 13th through Sunday the 15th, Praxis Project hosted dozens of grassroots organizations from around the country at The University of Massachusetts’ Boston Campus.

July 2018

The NoVo Foundation awarded the Detroit Women of Color, Inc. a three year operating grant for $300,000.  This grant will make a difference in the lives of low income girls of color in Metro Detroit.

June 2018

The DWC Inc. Board participated in a three-day training between June 15-17, 2018 at the LouHelen Retreat Center in Davison, Michigan.

2017-2018

A Proud member  of the Praxis Project’s Family Supports & Economic Justice Community Learning Circle

April 2018

DWC, Inc.'s Executive Director Oya Amakisi at the Alkebu-Lan Village celebrated their 40th anniversary

2017-2018

DWC, Inc. participated on a film panel at Project LEAD’s Film Immersion Day on March 28, 2018 at Emagine Theater

September 5, 2017

The LaunchDETROIT committee selected Detroit Women of Color, Inc. to be a member of their 2017 Class of Entrepreneurs. A Committee of the Rotary District 6400 Foundation, LaunchDETROIT strives to develop successful entrepreneurs, especially women, who have limited access to financial and business resources.